Recap: Boston Celtics 96, Orlando Magic 84 | Magic Basketball

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May 29

Recap: Boston Celtics 96, Orlando Magic 84

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In a rather uneventful evening, the Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic by the score of 96-84 to advance to the NBA Finals for a second time in three years. Dwight Howard had 28 points, 12 rebounds, and two steals, Vince Carter had 17 points and seven rebounds … and that was it for the Magic. The Celtics were led by a balanced attack, with five players scoring in double-figures. Paul Pierce had a monster performance, with 31 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Ray Allen chipped in with 20 points.

Game 6 was decided in the first quarter, plain and simple.

Rajon Rondo, the player that Orlando couldn’t afford to control the game if they wanted a chance to win, did just that, as he scored or assisted on 19 of Boston’s 30 points in the period. Yeah, Boston mainly got contributions from Nate Robinson, Pierce, and Allen on offense throughout the evening, but everything was decided by Rondo with his aggressive play offensively in the opening frame.

Rondo set the tone in the first quarter, Robinson took charge in the second quarter on both ends of the floor (13 points in the period combined with pesky defense), and it was game, set, match for the Magic. For the Celtics, it was as easy as that.

It’s a shame the series ended the way it did for Orlando. Jameer Nelson, more than anyone else, needed to play like he did in Games 4 and 5 for the Magic to have a chance to win on the road but it simply didn’t happen. Howard and Carter were forced to carry the load on offense, since Rashard Lewis and J.J. Redick were unable to pick up the slack for Nelson, and it wasn’t enough.

Game over. Series over. Season over.

10 comments
Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

Way too depressed.

I don't think Boston played that much (if at all) better than the Magic in game 6, but they were hitting ridiculously tough shots while the Magic were missing open shots they were hitting the previous two games. The problem is games like these happen once in a while, and the Magic put themselves into the position that they couldn't afford one to happen until the next series.

I'm still depressed and I have no interest in watching any more basketball for the next few months... The wound is too fresh.

Will
Will

I currently live in Phoenix so give the Suns a shot! Jeez!!! Haha.

This has been a great season for me as a Magic fan. I watched every game this year (thanks to League Pass) for the first time since I lived in Florida so it was extra sweet but extra hard to swallow when it was all over.

My original comments were because I was frustrated because some of the guys seemed to give in. . .but the season was great. I'll accept being third or fourth best in the league. . .for now.

And it is nice to see the Boston fans be respectful. I posted a lot on CelticsHub and I got some classey folks and some knuckleheads but mostly the fans have been great on both sides!

Adolfo
Adolfo

Good comments from these Celtics fans, your team was the best, I hope to see you next year guys... Magic forever...!!!

matthew
matthew

My apologies to the magic... I was needling this team after our celtics ran them off the court the first three games. The next two, they came back and made this a series to remember... Hats off to you guys! Dwight was spectacular in the paint. But good luck with rashard... Anyway, we were so nervous you'd come back to beat us! Hopefully, we'll see each other again next year... For now, Beat LA!

boston fan
boston fan

The Magic season was a successful season IMO. Magic is very close to winning a championship. If Howard uses this summer to become a legitimate offensive threat that requires double teaming all the time, it will be hard for anyone to stop them.

I was surprised by Vince Carter's effort in game 6. He did not quit till the very end. Earlier, I had predicted he will disappear in this series, but except for a few games, Carter played aggressive.

Rashard Lewis was a disappointment to me. He could have given a better effort offensively. Defensively he did a good job against KG.

JJ Redick was a bright spot. He has improved drastically since he entered the league. Except for one bone-headed play, he played really well this entire series. He did a great job slowing down Ray Allen, and in some games, shutting him up.

Magic showed great courage being down 3-0. I think with a few minor tweaks, this Magic team will be a contender to win it all for many years to come. Especially, if Howard works hard on his offensive game.

chris
chris

There is always next year..... Ive been hearing that since the darrell armstrong days

but no matter what, IM still proud of our team that we put up a little fight. And ill always be a fan of the magic, heres to a good offseason and make some moves to get even better for next year

Will
Will

I'm proud of Dwight's effort. . .but a bit dissapointed with the rest of the team. It just looked like their hearts weren't in it last night. I'm glad they were classy and accepted defeat with hugs and handshakes (unlike someone we know from Ohio).

I lived through the McGrady era so I know we weren't quitters. . .but something just didn't feel right, especially in Games 3 and 6 with the entire roster (save Howard). This will be a learning experience for sure.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

Oh.. and congrats to Boston. It must feel pretty good after what happened last year.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

They got beat bad. I hope we are as good next year. Still much better than that awful 21 win team. I cheered for that team so I'm not so disappointed about this one.

I suppose when we slide Barnes to the bench for Lebron next year we should have another shot at this thing. I'm interested to see how aggressive we are going to be in the off-season.

Adolfo
Adolfo

I'm so sad... my Magic didn't make it... I'm so sad...